Ellie thinks her dad is the best:
Peter Brooke from St Albans
"My dad is a Top Dad because, despite wanting a son and
forgetting to pick me up from school, he has taken very good care
of my sister and me. He is always there if we need advice, a lift
or a tenner, and would drop everything to ensure we are safe and
happy. I have many happy child and adulthood memories of times with
my dad, including a holiday in Tuscany, eating fish and chips in
the rain on the south coast and my 21st birthday - organised solely
"For children to see their parents upset is heart-breaking.
Watching my dad speak at his dad's funeral was one of those times
and I won't ever forget how brave he was. My dad has taught me some
very valuable things in life like not to take it too seriously and
how to catch a cricket ball. A sign of a top dad is surely top
kids, and we definitely are. As well as being a top dad he is also
a top grandad now too.
"Best/worst joke: I went to a seafood disco last week and pulled
Caitlin tells us about her top dad:
Geoff O'Neill from Plymouth
"My dad is a Top Dad because he's the one I always call when I
need advice, even when I'm 200 miles away and can't get out of a
parking space! He always seems to have the answer and has instilled
in me his motto for life: 'Don't do the easy thing, do the right
thing.' I don't always live by it but I know I should.
"My happiest memory is coming home after a gap year abroad and
seeing his face for the first time in months (even if he did use
ruined home-made Christmas cake as my coming home cake.
I'll forgive him for that in time).
"We all went through a really tough time when my Mum was in
hospital as a result of a serious skiing accident. I was young and
Dad was left holding the fort. I've read poems that he wrote at the
time and he had to be so strong for his children. He has always
been my rock. Apart from 'don't do the easy thing, do the right
thing' dad has taught me about the importance of honesty - he is
the most honest, honourable person I know.
"Best/worst joke: A man goes to the doctor's with a piece of
lettuce sticking out of his bottom. He tells the doctor he's
concerned and asks for an examination. After a little probing, the
doctor turns to him and says: "It's worse than I originally
thought. That's just the tip of the iceberg!"
Catherine sings the praises of her dad:
Dave Steele from Leamington Spa
"My dad is a Top Dad because when I was young he helped my
mum start her new career by taking over us kids and the house. That
meant Haunted House spaghetti for tea and trying to set a new
speed record every time we went to the supermarket. He's been an
amazing support to Mum through a tough few years in which she
lost both parents and confronted breast cancer.
"Watching Dad struggle to come to terms with losing his own dad,
very suddenly, to cancer was unbearable. But throughout all that he
was an incredible help to my Nana and has been there to support her
through her grief and the huge change to her life.
"One of my happiest memories is of me and Dad dancing in the
aisles non-stop at a Rolling Stones gig. We were supposed to be
seated with everyone else, but the security guards gave up telling
us to sit down and let us get on with it.
"Dad has taught me lots of great things: to laugh at the
absurdity of the world and to value people far more than money. Oh,
and he once drew me a brilliant cartoon to explain the immune
system, in which white blood cells with sharp teeth, knives, forks
and napkins gobbled up disease cells.
"Best/worst joke: Not even a joke really but he loves a pun and
every time we sit down to dinner and there's salad he says 'lettuce
pray'. Every time. I'd probably miss it if he stopped - even though
Prepare to laugh, cry and cringe - here are our
favourite dad jokes
Special thanks to our fantastic volunteer, Geoff Douglas for his
brilliant contributions. We couldn't possibly say which of
these are his.
I pulled up at traffic lights the other day next to an AA man
who was crying his eyes out. I thought: "Uh oh, he's heading for a
Walking through a churchyard I saw a man standing behind a
grave. I said: "Morning!"
He said: "No just having a pee."
A friend of mine has a problem drinking brake fluid, but I'm not
he says can stop at any time.
What do you call a lady in the distance?
Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted.
What's the difference between a buffalo and a bison?
You can't wash your hands in a buffalo!
Get involved and share your jokes below - but please keep them
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Top Dad below or email firstname.lastname@example.org